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Thought-Provokers: Glendale

Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Glendale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Antonio Garcia

I would sometimes sneak into the library of my elementary school just to make copies of my drawings and sell them for 10 cents each. My interest in tattoos came at about high school. I had written a report on it and set my goal to become a tattoo artist at that moment. Once I graduated high school, I started a backbreaking job but would still make time to draw whether it was on broken drywall pieces or cardboard boxes. Read more>>

Robert Trieckel

Naturally born artist, my mother would always tell the story of me drawing trucks in perspective when I was five years old, that really sums up me as an artist from an early age. I taught myself most of everything I know or I would take a class to learn something I wanted to know and immediately pick it up. Child prodigy was bandied about when I was young. Read more>>

Alika Kumar

I remember one day, as an eleven-year old twisting the dial on our little shortwave radio and having the ability to dial into broadcasts from various countries including the USA, Germany, Kuwait, France etc. and remember declaring that I was a citizen of the world, and that country borders were inappropriate. Well, I have travelled quite a bit since then, and have six different countries represented in my immediate family! Steeped in two disparate cultures, most of my life has been a delicate dance between the two, and now do I find myself feeling free to let them both flow into each other and make peace. Read more>>

Abel Magana

I’m 30 years old. For majority of my life, I have always been interested in and creating different types of art mediums. I finally took a major invested interest in my freshmen year of college when I started working at the photo lab at Glendale Community College. I always had a fascination with photography and submersing myself in the area, opened me up to making it a permanent and essential part of my life. Aside from photography, I also fill my time with videography and music, being in a local band called Foxhound with my best friends. Read more>>

Antonio Villagomez

I got into film-making and photography when I was around 17 years old, and they are still my passion and work. I currently work as a Video Producer at the University of Arizona, and I just started my YouTube channel which is about cinematography and VFX. Read more>>

Erika French

My love for photography has been a part of me since the dark room days in high school. A fresh roll of film looking to be exposed in a true craftsman like style of working with your hands, was everything. I guess that’s why I am always so drawn to black and whites till this day. Read more>>


A O Tucker

I’m an Arizona native, growing up on a cotton farm west of Phoenix. Took a photography class while at Glendale College, before transferring to Arizona State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree and a career in the computer industry. Didn’t become serious about photography until I purchased my first DSLR in late 2011. Started showing art in 2014 and had displayed artwork in juried exhibitions from California to New York. My artwork is represented in private collections in multiple continents including Asia, Europe, and North America. Read more>>

Heather Alandar

I married my best friend in 2015 and together, we have seven kids. Working a full-time job and handling being a mom to seven kids became a big job. I got really sick just before we were married and had to quit my job. Once I received months of treatment and was feeling better, I decided I wanted to do more to help out my husband. I wasn’t able to handle going back to work I used to do, so I started selling my crafts to see if I could help supplement our income that way. Read more>>

Sheila Casperson

I found I was able to truly portray not only the subject but the emotion behind each subject I chose to do. Today using realism in oil paint I create various western and wildlife scenes on canvas. I strive to evoke an emotion in people when they look at my art. Read more>>

Jana Williams

Photography is my saving grace. I am a southern girl, born and raised in a small town in Alabama. I did not come from a family of artist and none gave me a camera when I was young BUT my daddy raised us on the lake. Read more>>


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